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estimable adj
1 deserving of respect or high regard [ant: contemptible]
2 deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" [syn: good, honorable, respectable]
3 may be computed or estimated; "a calculable risk"; "computable odds"; "estimable assets" [syn: computable]

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English

Adjective

  1. Worthy of esteem; admirable.
    • 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, ch. 22,
      Mr. March told . . . how devoted Brooke had been, and how he was altogether a most estimable and upright young man.
  2. Valuable.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3,
      A pound of man's flesh taken from a man
      Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
      As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats.
  3. Capable of being estimated.
    • 1928, Louis Kahlenberg and Norbert Barwasser, "On the time of Absorption and Excretion of Boric Acid in Man," Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 79, iss. 2, p. 406,
      After this time boric acid is always present in estimable amounts.

References

  • "estimable" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
  • "estimable" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
  • "estimable" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
  • "estimable" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, © Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

Extensive Definition

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